Do People Understand How to Eat for Healthy Eyesight?
May 26, 2011
How much does education about eye health reach lower socioeconomic consumers? A pilot study was conducted at an urban community health center to find out.
Exit surveys found that while most (83%) understood that diet was linked to healthy eyesight, far fewer knew about specific nutrients that could be of benefit. Omega-3 was the best known (recognized by only 43 %) with vitamin C, vitamin E, lutein, and zeaxanthin trailing even farther behind that (recognized by 32.7%).
The good news is that 73.3% reported they would take supplements or change eating habits to improve ocular health, and in fact when followed up a month later, 75% said they had made changes in their dietary choices because of the education they received during the study.
To read the abstract, click here.
Risa Schulman, PhD
Expert, Healthy Food and Dietary Supplement Science, Marketing and Regulatory
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